For designer Melissa Frederiksen, the idea of “interior trends” is a slippery slope that can result in pricey looks and a fleeting shelf life.
“A trend generally doesn’t weather the test of time,” says Frederiksen. “People don’t usually redecorate often, so it’s easy for décor to look out of style if it’s oversaturated with trendy pieces.”
Through numerous remodels and design consultations with her Atmosphere 360 Studio, Frederiksen has found bedrooms a common place where people are more likely to be drawn to trends. It would make sense that as you spend so much time there, your bedroom should show a personal style that is updated and fashionable.
But Frederiksen warns that in order to keep bedrooms looking fresh and modern, it’s also important to keep things timeless. By maintaining flexibility in your design choices, and using a good strategy, you’ll be less likely to get caught with a look that’s hot today, but cools tomorrow.
That starts with planning a realistic approach to which parts of the bedroom are best for making big choices.
“If there are styles that are short-term trends you really are drawn to, use them sparingly,” she says.
Big-budget commitments like beds, sofas or flooring are the most frequent places where homeowners can get caught up in the hot looks of the moment only to find themselves left behind when trends move on. Instead, Frederiksen recommends decorating with accessories or painting the room in the “it” color of the year.
“Both are inexpensive to change when the look dies,” Frederiksen says. “And it will.”
Here are some ways that Frederiksen suggests homeowners can develop a room that maintains what’s “hot” with “classic and classy” and catch today’s trends while not overcommitting.
Pastels giving way to rich, full colors. Even though pastels and pink colors have been trendy over the last few years, Frederiksen says that she anticipates a return to more vibrant colors such as rich blues, violets, emerald green and lush reds. Finding a way to include these deeper colors into accessories or even wall paint can make a bedroom feel like a warm pair of slippers.
“Dark, rich colors bring bedrooms warmth and the idea of being in a cocoon,” says Frederiksen. And who doesn’t want to feel cozy when it comes to their bedroom?
The little black dress of windows. Much like the classic cocktail dress, Frederiksen says that simple black window frames are a look that stays impactful, no matter the décor. Black window frames offer something to all designs, be it farmhouse, classic and even modernist style, with striking clean lines and a subtle frame for window views. And when it comes to financial investment, Frederiksen says that the timeless style of black window frames, when included as part of a quality product, can make bedroom windows a standout of any design for years to come.
“I recently used the Pella® Architect Series for a home with a modern style because we needed top-notch windows with streamlined style and their product fit perfectly,” she says.
The other benefit of black window frames, according to Frederiksen: Even the window hardware adds to the look. “The small details can make or break a room, down to window hardware, and this was very important to my client,” she says. “The Pella hardware brought a bold, contemporary look that integrated well with the room.”
Less art clutter. Instead of a gallery wall look, with multiple pieces of small art decorating bedroom walls, Frederiksen says that larger artwork can take over wall space in a way that creates more calm to the room.
“Bedrooms should be a relaxing area for your brain to rest and sometimes walls include too much to look at,” she says. “Larger, singular pieces of art help provide a relaxing room beautifully.”
Accenting with textures. Another example of committing less, but creating more impact in room design, Frederiksen says that more bedrooms are using textures and handprinted wallpaper as an accent in a room in place of a solid color.
“It brings a chance for style in a way that is simple to replace when the trends move on,” she says.
One other trend Frederiksen suggests for those wanting to get the most out of their bedroom has more to do with actions than style.
“If you really want to love your bedroom, one trend should be to cut back on screen time,” she says. “Turn off devices before getting in bed. Your body will thank you for it.”
For more information on Frederiksen’s work and inspirations, check out Atmosphere 360 Studio’s website. To learn more about Pella’s Architect Series windows, stop by your local Santa Fe Pella Showroom or schedule a free, in-home consultation.